A Perry County man has died after an exchange of gunfire with local sheriff’s deputies.
The Arkansas State Police says 55-year-old Robert Laudell Bull of Perry County died after sustaining a gunshot wound following a shootout with law enforcement.
On 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Perry County Sheriff’s Department arrived at 736 Poe Farm Road after receiving a report of an individual who had barricaded Poe Farm Road and prevented the drivers of two vehicles from passing the obstruction, according to police.
As deputies and officers approached the home of Bull, they were met with gunfire coming from a front window, police say.
Local law enforcement retreated from the immediate area while awaiting the arrival of a state trooper and a highway patrol officer.
After about 90 minutes, police say, Bull exited the domicile unarmed. According to police, Bull was able to retrieve a shotgun and began firing at the group of law enforcement officers, who managed to return fire and strike Bull.
Bull’s body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory along with evidence collected at the shooting scene. The state medical examiner will determine the manner and cause of deaeth.
Special agents of the Arkansas State Police’s criminal investigation division are continuing to investigate the shooting incident and will prepare an investigative file to turn over to the county’s prosecuting attorney, who will then determine whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement official was consistent with state laws.
One state trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, as required by state police policy.